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Close by is Marineland which is Canadian equivalent of Sea Worlds in Florida and California. This attraction is probably best of its kind in Canada with both marine and land animals. In addition to excellent shows with standard killer whales, dolphins and sea lions, Marineland added Beluga whales from high Arctic. One often missed attraction is nearby town of Niagara-on-the-Lake which is an easy 10 minute drive north. This town of quaint, elegant boutiques and home of Shaw Festival theatre is totally different from busier and more touristy Niagara Falls. One should definitely pay a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake to enjoy a nice break from crowds of falls area. For cyclists and inline skaters, there's a wonderful trail not to be missed nearby.
For wine enthusiasts, there are numerous wineries in surrounding Niagara area in Ontario. Many of these wineries are open to public for taste samples as well as tours of their orchards and facilities. The Niagara area is where famous ice wines of Ontario are made. If you haven't tried this premium dessert wine made from frozen grapes picked in middle of Canadian winter, there's ample opportunity to do so here in Niagara region at both wineries that make them as well as many restaurants that feature them.
Niagara Falls is still a great attraction but there's much more to see and do besides usual touristy things so heavily promoted. If you haven't been to Niagara Falls, it's definitely worth a visit, especially if added on with a trip to Toronto. For those who have been to Niagara Falls but haven't been for many years, a return visit will reveal much more than ever before, especially in surrounding areas such as Niagara-on-the-Lake that might have been missed out on prior trips.
Clint Leung is owner of Free Spirit Gallery http://www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca , an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo and Northwest Native American art including carvings, sculpture and prints. Free Spirit Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of authentic Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.